Monday, April 23, 2018

tolkien | first rehearsal

It's the beginning of the end -- this morning was the first rehearsal for the final show of our season! Professional theatre is always planned pretty far in advance, but it would be no exaggeration to say that this play has been a long time coming. We are so excited to finally begin TOLKIEN by Ron Reed.









Thursday, April 19, 2018

sideshow | performer spotlight | alison chisholm

Last up in our SIDESHOW performer spotlight, is our Executive Director (and SIDESHOW regular) Alison Chisholm. Don't forget, all week we also have Jalen Saip's apprentice production of LOVE/SICK playing at 7:30pm! See both on the weekend for only $20 with the promo code DOUBLEBILL.


Describe improv in three words:

Fun, bird impressions.

What is your favourite improv memory?

Being 15 and performing on the Yuk Yuks stage as if I belonged there. The audience seemed to agree.


What's your current obsession?

Weird Al’s Hamilton Polka. It is one of the best things ever!

Who should be an improvisor, but isn't?

All of my brothers.

If improv were a food, what would it be?

TACOS!!!! Because I love tacos.

Where else do you perform:

Not many places these days. Mostly just at home for my toddler. She’s a great audience.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

sideshow | performer spotlight | jeff cooper

Up next in our SIDESHOW performer spotlight, is Jeff Cooper! (And don't forget, starting tonight we also have Jalen Saip's apprentice production of LOVE/SICK playing at 7:30pm. See both on the weekend for only $20 with the promo code DOUBLEBILL.)


Describe improv in three words:

Characters, discovery, support.

What is your favourite improv memory?

Being endowed as Hugh Grant in my first-ever stage performance.


What's your current obsession?

Improv podcasts.

Who should be an improvisor, but isn't?

My 7 year old niece.


If improv were a food, what would it be?

Some kind of college dorm recipe using leftovers.

Where else do you perform:

Vancouver Theatre Sports, random Fictionals events and other stages.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

sideshow | performer spotlight | brad rossington

Up next in our SIDESHOW performer spotlight, is none other than our esteemed host Brad Rossington. We are excited to have him join us for SIDESHOW on Friday and Saturday! (And don't forget, all week we also have Jalen Saip's apprentice production of LOVE/SICK playing at 7:30pm. See both on the weekend for only $20 with the promo code DOUBLEBILL.)



Describe improv in three words:

Kind, Quirky, Crazy.

What is your favourite improv memory?

An impromptu scene with an audience member while we supposed to be playing another game.


What's your current obsession?

Editing vacation videos...seriously.

Who should be an improvisor, but isn't?

My dentist; so she’ll stop asking me about while her hands are in my mouth.


If improv were a food, what would it be?

Buffet, (too obvious?). Milk that is dated today.

Where else do you perform:

Vancouver Theatre Sports, The Fictionals, and one-offs with my peeps Graham and Russ.

Monday, April 16, 2018

sideshow | performer spotlight | daniel chai

Up next in our SIDESHOW performer spotlight, is none other than Daniel Chai. We are excited to have him join us for SIDESHOW on Friday and Saturday! (And don't forget, all week we also have Jalen Saip's apprentice production of LOVE/SICK playing at 7:30pm. See both on the weekend for only $20 with the promo code DOUBLEBILL.)


Describe improv in three words:

Fast, Unexpected, Fun.

What is your favourite improv memory?

I have so many favourite improv memories, but one of the most memorable is the first ever Improv Against Humanity shows with The Fictionals. We workshopped the show for months, but still had no idea how it was going to work with a live audience! When the crowd for the first show was lined up out the door, and everyone shouted "HUMANITY" with us for the first time, I knew we had created something special!


What's your current obsession?

I am obsessed with comic books! When I need to relax or unplug for awhile, I pick up a graphic novel and get lost in a brand new world! One day I would like to write my own!

Who should be an improvisor, but isn't?

Steve Rogers and Tony Stark - I think they would be a good improv duo!


If improv were a food, what would it be?

Improv would be pizza, because there are many different combinations of ingredients for different tastes, and we all agree that pizza is awesome!

Where else do you perform:

I perform with The Fictionals Comedy Co. every Tuesday at Cafe Deux Soleils, monthly at the Rio Theatre, and at conventions and special events around Vancouver. You can also catch me on your screens in various shows and commercials!

Friday, April 13, 2018

sideshow | performer spotlight | jalen saip

Next week we're offering up a smorgasbord of comedy! Our annual romp through improv comedy, SIDESHOW is coming on Friday and Saturday as a later show at 9pm, PLUS we have apprentice Jalen Saip's production of LOVE/SICK playing April 11-14 at 7:30pm. (See both on the weekend for only $20 with the promo code DOUBLEBILL.) We're kicking off our SIDESHOW performer spotlights with none other than the star of next week's show, Jalen!


Describe improv in three words:

all. made. up.

What is your favourite improv memory?

Being hoisted into the air while singing about my dream of marrying a clown.



What's your current obsession?

The thought of a tropical vacation

Who should be an improvisor, but isn't?

Any one of my 5 siblings!


If improv were a food, what would it be?

French fries. Always a great a choice.

Where else do you perform:

Vancouver Theatre Sports

Thursday, April 12, 2018

bar mitzvah boy | favourite lines

We're in the final stretch for BAR MITZVAH BOY! With only a few performances to go, we asked our cast and playwright to share their favourite lines from the show with us.


GINA CHIARELLI (Rabbi Michael):

"You're not a man yet."

Tikkun olum: "kindness for the sake of creating a better world."



RICHARD NEWMAN (Joey):

"If G-d had known about Hawaiian pizza, there would have been a loophole in this whole Kosher thing."

"The last time I dated a Jewish girl, I was 10 years old. She socked me in the arm; that meant we were going steady."

MARK LEIREN-YOUNG (playwright):

Joey: "If G-d had known about Hawaiian pizza there would have been loopholes in this whole kosher thing."

Michael: "We can believe in G-d and not believe Noah somehow rounded up breeding pairs of giraffes and gophers and chipmunks in the forests of Gomorrah. Metaphors, parables, stories, fairy tales. What matters is the message at the heart of them."